Bike death makes tragic point

Police investigate a quad bike death on a Puketaha farm, near Hamilton

A quad bike tragedy has ripped a hole in hard-working farming family.

Surprise! It's quadruplets video

Janet Gray with a rare set of quad lambs born to a southdown ewe at the farm near Rongotea.

Southdown lambs aren't usually born in sets of four, but a Manawatu ewe has given birth to her own flock

Fonterra helping fight fires

Alford Forest, Mid Canterbury rural volunteer fire crew attending a typical scene

Fonterra grassroots funding helping rural communities with their firefighting resources.

Depiction ignores ag history

A Fonterra tanker picks up milk a Taranaki farm. Governments of different political stripes have come and gone, while Fonterra has remained a co-op.

OPINION: The "great fear of socialism" that columnist Chris Trotter ascribes to NZ farmers is less pronounced than it seems.

Mediators to get busy

Professional mediator John Larmer at home in Taranaki. He expects to be busier again in the dairy downturn

Farmers and bankers are key figures in dairy's downturn, but dispute mediators also have a job to do.

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opinion

Depiction ignores ag history

A Fonterra tanker picks up milk a Taranaki farm. Governments of different political stripes have come and gone, while Fonterra has remained a co-op.

OPINION: The "great fear of socialism" that columnist Chris Trotter ascribes to NZ farmers is less pronounced than it seems.

The elephant's trumpeting is getting louder

OPINION: Doug Edmeades hears dairy farmers’ rage and urges them to take heart from the lessons of the ill-wind.

Doing without luxuries

It’s about being there when the good times return

Fieldays

Barrie shows sportsmanship

Cameron Barrie with his good sportsmanship award he won at the tractor pull at the Fieldays.

Cameron Barrie rewarded for showing the right attitude during the tractor pull at this year's Fieldays.

Top fencer 'chuffed' with win

It was seventh time lucky for a chuffed Tim Stafford at the recent National Fencing Championships.

"Men to shed their Southern Man Image" is the theme to the  debate run as a Fundraiser for SBHS Old Boys Assn & SBH Charitable Trust.Three of the Debaters are(l-r)Mike Fallow, Gerry Forde & Tim Shadbolt

Southern man hunt on again

Do you have what it takes to be The Southern Man?

dairy

Minister rules out taxpayer support for Landcorp

Rotorua MP Todd McLay says there will be no taxpayer-funded bailout for Landcorp.

State owned enterprise minister Todd McClay says Landcorp won't turn a profit for "the next few years" and is again foreshadowing land sales.

Protect sharemilkers and image

Dairy industry leaders urging farmers to work with their sharemilkers so the traditional pathway to farm ownership is protected.

Glorit milking contractor Troy Berry appreciated an early morning visit by a well wisher with baking

Act of kindness appreciated

Farming communities urged to watch out for the mental health of their members as belts tighten.

advice

Country woman lost to depression

Matt Shirtcliffe is speaking out about farmer depression after his wife, Mary, died three months ago.

5:00 AM  "It's a little bit like a cancer. Sometimes you can beat it, but sometimes it can beat you."

Act of kindness appreciated

Farming communities urged to watch out for the mental health of their members as belts tighten.

Councillor Geoff Evans has urged fellow Marlborough councillors to support a rural advisory group.

Council supports rural group, rejects funding

A new rural advisory group will not be used to throw rocks at the Marlborough District Council, its architect says.

aquaculture

Mussel farmer fights for farm extension

A mussel farm in the Marlborough Sounds

The Environment Court is considering an appeal by one of Marlborough's largest mussel producers to extend their greenshell mussel farm in Pelorus Sound.

Bay dwellers want aquaculture answers

Residents of Okiwi Bay have questions about a major aquaculture project planned for the small settlement near Nelson.

Clearwater Mussels operations manager Mike Holland alongside one of the Havelock company's mussel harvesters.

Mussel farmer vies for top award

A Marlborough Sounds mussel company has entered a prestigious South Island farming award.

beef

Beef farmer wins top award

North Waikato bull beef farmer Neil Aicken was judged Silver Fern Farms' 2015 Plate to Pasture winner.

A Waikato bull beef farmer has beaten 16,000 other red meat farmers across NZ to win the 2015 Plate to Pasture award.

Making NZ TB-free a reality

OPINION: It is an important time for those involved in the fight against bovine TB with the review of OSPRI's TBfree programme currently under way.

North Waikato farmer Neil Aicken says it has never been a better time to be farming beef.

Beef prices set to rise

Meat lovers can expect to pay a little more for their barbecued steak this summer thanks to jump in beef prices.

Sheep

Surprise! It's quadruplets video

Janet Gray with a rare set of quad lambs born to a southdown ewe at the farm near Rongotea.

Southdown lambs aren't usually born in sets of four, but a Manawatu ewe has given birth to her own flock

Farmer fined for sheep deaths

Farmer sentenced on animal cruelty charges after dozens of sheep died on his South Otago farm.

Warm weather has helped farmers during lambing. Pictured are new born triplets on a farm near Blenheim.

Warm weather favours lambing

Warm, dry weather conditions in Marlborough may be slowing grass growth but it is helping lambing on farms around the region, say farmers.

cropping

Maize silage prices expected to fall

Maize silage prices are expected to drop this year due to the fall in milk prices, which caused dairy farmers to cut costs.

Arable farmers growing maize silage for the dairy industry could be in for a tough year season with prices expected to take a dive.

Future looking rosy for apple industry

Growers look to third year of positive returns on back of improved export markets and volume growth.

Young Grower of the Year Hamish Gates.

Carrot supervisor takes grower title

Carrot washline supervisor Hamish Gates is New Zealand's Young Grower of the Year.

agribusiness

El Nino to give farmers rough ride

Te Whanga farm, east of Masterton, during the last dry spell in March.

Rainfall could drop by 15 per cent in some parts of the country, climate scientists say.

Landcorp hints at change of direction

Landcorp is more than dairy, its CEO Steve Carden claims.

Landcorp's new branding for its products, Pamu.

Landcorp profit takes hit

Landcorp's net operating profit for the year has fallen 84 per cent to $4.9 million, down from $30m for 2013-14.

Discovery

Fewer false TB positives

Professor Bryce Buddle takes a skin test on a cow.

A new test for bovine TB developed by AgResearch is attracting international attention.

Herb-clover grows lambs faster

Specialised herb-clover mixes may be the answer to improving both reproductive performance of sheep, and lamb finishing weights.

Lincoln University greenhouse research into the use of sewage and dairy effluent to grow native plants.

$200m gain forecast from biowaste

New research suggests the use of sewage and dairy shed effluent on pine plantations can generate big economic returns.

rural women

Life as a rural artist

Lizzie Carruthers, Otago artist

Southern artist Lizzie Carruthers has been a farmer all her working life. She talks about inspiration and life as a rural artist.

Women's organic businesses grow

Growth of organics benefits Manawatu businesswomen who sell fruit and vegetables, as well as soap and cosmetics, to name just a few items.

Drovers move cattle down the "long paddock."

Riding the long paddock

It's quite the journey … from high country shepherd to winner of a national business award.

Video

Shocking exploitation of store workers

Australia's biggest convenience store chain, 7-Eleven, is under fire for paying many of its staff as little as A$10 an hour.

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